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The World Until Yesterday : What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? - Jared Diamond

The World Until Yesterday

What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

Paperback Published: 29th January 2014
ISBN: 9780141024486
Number Of Pages: 512

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Over the past 500 years, the West achieved global dominance, but do Westerners necessarily have better ideas about how to raise children, care for the elderly, or simply live well?

In a sweeping journey around the globe, Jared Diamond explores how tribal people approach essential human problems, from health and diet to conflict resolution and language, and discovers they have much to teach us. These traditional societies offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for most of human history - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms.

About the Author

Jared Diamond was born in Boston to a physician father and a teacher/musician/linguist mother. After training in laboratory biological science he became Professor of Physiology at UCLA Medical School in 1966. However, while in his twenties, he also developed a parallel career in the ecology and evolution of New Guinea birds. That led him to explore some of the most remote parts of that great tropical island, and to rediscover New Guinea's long-lost golden-fronted bowerbird. In his fifties he gradually developed a third career in environmental history, becoming Professor of Geography and of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA.

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'Fascinating, thought-provoking, a broad sweep through all humanity . . . it left me riveted.' Daily Telegraph

'One of the most interesting and arresting writers of our age . . . The vast scope of his analysis, coupled with a lifetime's worth of personal insights, makes it fiercely persuasive.' Mail On Sunday

'The most considered, courageous and sensitive teller of the human story writing today . . . Essential reading.' Independent on Sunday

'One of the few people who have changed the way we see human nature and our history.' Independent

ISBN: 9780141024486
ISBN-10: 0141024488
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 29th January 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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Jared Diamond

About the Author


Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

 Among Dr. Diamond's many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan's Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller University. He has published more than six hundred articles and several books including the New York Times bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize

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